A spokesperson for the El Cajon Police Department said they were able to nab two suspects after they were taken down by a member of the K9 unit. The incident unfolded on President’s Day when a man and woman, both in their 20s, led police on a chase. Officers said a patrol car scanner alerted them a passing car’s license plate was registered on a stolen vehicles list. Police attempted to pull the pair over and although the driver initially complied, she sped off before they were able to approach the car.
Defendant Adriana Martinez reportedly sped onto a freeway and attempted to lose authorities in La Mesa. She eventually turned back onto Interstate 8 and exited back in El Cajon. The ECPD said they did not apprehend the suspects until after the driver crashed the car into another vehicle. No one was hurt in the accident, although the stolen vehicle sustained significant damage. Passenger Ernest Molina attempted to evade capture by fleeing on foot. He was taken into custody a short time later. Martinez also tried to run off but was taken down by a police dog. She was arrested after a brief struggle.
Martinez was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. She was later taken to the Las Colinas Detention Facility where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, evading police and possession of a stolen vehicle. Her bail has been set at $70,000.
Defendant Molina was booked into the San Diego Central Jail. He is being charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a prior case. He is being held without bail.
Both defendants are due to appear in court later this week.